ESS, which has provided stages and designed modular bespoke structures for the rock'n'roll industry for many years, has recently settled into new premises in Silvertown, East London.
The company now sits in a 4.2 acre site in the heart of London’s Olympic site with newly refurbished offices that overlook the Thames opposite the O2 Arena and David Beckham Academy.
ESS has spent the summer successfully touring with George Michael, Barbra Streisand, Elton John and The Who. Both the George Michael and Barbra Streisand shows used the new ESS aluminium roofing system, which can achieve clear spans of up to 32m.
One-off shows covered by ESS have included the gala for the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation for Urban Caprice, BBC Proms In The Park and the Lovebox festival in Victoria Park. Working with producer Andrew Walsh, ESS also delivered eight 70m high towers for the opening ceremony of the Gulf Cup in Abu Dhabi. The towers allowed the stunning aerial show to be performed in a stadium with no roof capacity.
The summer season is just beginning for ESS’s Australia office and work has already started on the upcoming ARIA Award Ceremony, Australia’s equivalent of the BRIT Awards. The company is also continuing with the new series of I’m A Celebrity… and working on a new production of TV’s Gladiator show. Meanwhile, ESS Japan has recently completed the Fuji Rock festival and the Summersonic festivals in Tokyo and Osaka.